Hingol National Park or Hungol National Park is the largest National Park in Pakistan, established in 1988.
Hingol National Park is located along the Makran coast in southwestern Balochistan Province, southwestern Pakistan. It lies within sections of Lasbela District, Gwadar District, and Awaran District. The Gulf of Oman of the Arabian Sea are to the south. The provincial capital of Karachi is approximately 200 kilometres to the southeast on the coast.
Hingol National Park is the largest National Park in Balochistan province of Pakistan, spread over an area of about 1,650 Square kilometre along the Makran Coast.
Astonishing rock formations make it a paradise for those who desire natural beauty.
Hingol National Park contains a variety of topographical features and habitats, varying from arid subtropical forest in the north to arid montane in the west., Large areas of the park are covered with drift sand and can be classified as coastal semi desert. Hingol River flows across the park and before entering into sea falls from rocks and stones which provide home for the migrating water birds and the crocodiles.
The Hingol River is 350 miles (560 km) long, the longest in Balochistan. It winds through the Makran Coastal Range and Hungol Valley between high cliffs. The river flows all year long, unlike most other streams in Balochistan which only flow during rare rains.
Hingol National Park is known to support at least 35 species of mammals, 65 species of amphibians and reptiles and 185 species of birds. The park forms an excellent habitat to wild Sindh ibex, Baluchistan urial and chinkara gazelle. Ibex is found in all steep mountain ranges and numerous in the Hinglaj and Rodani Kacho Mountain areas.
Some 250 plant species were recorded in the initial surveys including 7 yet undescribed species. Many more species are yet to be collected.
The journey to the Hingol National park is not difficult. Makran Coastal Highway made it easier for the visitor to go there.
You can reach the park by road either from Gwadar (350 km) or Karachi (200 km) via the Makran Coastal Highway.
Park's astonishing rock formations make it a paradise for those who desire natural beauty. One unique rock formation in the park includes the "Princess of hope" whose special name was given by Angelina Jolie.
It is a rock formation in the shape of a human being, resembling the Sphinx of Giza.
Chandragup or Chandrakup is an active mud volcano located in Hingol National Park, Balochistan, Pakistan.
It has an elevation of 100 meters.
The site has 2 major mud volcanoes ( Chandragup-I, Chandragup-II ) and a number of smaller ones, collectively called Hingol mud volcanoes.
These are located about 2 kilometers off the main Makran Coastal Highway.
Hingol National Park is a place teeming with wildlife, mud volcanoes, rugged rock formations and most importantly its adjacency to the beach only further ensures that its a place hard to miss.